After the recent success of Startup Weekend Calgary, where seven out of 11 startups had functioning product and the winner Parley was offered $25,000 at the Canadian Cloud Showdown, a bigger event is planned from July 12-14 during Alberta Tech Week.
If you’re unfamiliar, Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where people curious about entrepreneurship come together to share ideas, build teams, create products, and launch startups. It is a huge community of entrepreneurs, with over 400 events in 100 countries around the world in 2012.
Providing support to this initiative is Houston’s SURGE Accelerator, the only early stage accelerator in the world for entrepreneurs focused on energy software. Since its inception last year, SURGE companies have raised over $10 million in funding and the accelerator has gained support from Shell, Schlumberger, Oracle and Silicon Valley Bank to name a few.
“Calgary is a major hub in the global energy ecosystem that naturally converges customers, capital and ideas”, says Kirk Coburn, Founder of SURGE. “And software is disrupting the industry across the entire value chain. SURGE has seen promising ideas and entrepreneurs come out of Startup Weekends and similar entrepreneurial events. We are looking forward to seeing the results of Startup Weekend Calgary this summer.”
While SURGE will provide a prize to the Best Energy Tech Startup, there will be prizes for Best Enterprise Startup and Best Consumer Startup as well. Early bird tickets are on sale here.